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's embattled president, bashar al assad. nbc's stephanie gosk monitoring developments for us tonight from cairo. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. bashar al assad does not show up in public much these days. his last speech was back in june. he spoke live today to his country, conceding nothing and as defiant as ever. in a packed opera theater in damascus, supporters jumped to their feet and cheered for syria's president. "we will die for you," they shouted. the syrian leader did propose a new political solution to syria's conflict, a cease-fire, national reconciliation. eventually, a new constitution. but most of his address seemed to prove just how far off that possibility really is. he called the opposition terrorists, puppets of the west. assad said his government will not negotiate until regional countries stop funding rebel fighters. >> he still thinks that much of the opposition is fundamentally illegitimate. he blames them for the violence. he is trying to remind his foreign sponsors in places like iran and russia that he still is interested in a fight. >> repor
and describe a national reconciliation conference and a new syrian constitution. guest: president assad has adopted a bellicose reaction to the rebellion. it is not an all-out civil war. throughout this conflict, he has adopted this tone that these people are terrorists and criminals. 60,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war. he is going to come middle ground to the rebels who think they are winning at this point. host: cure associated press is pointing out this is his first speech since last june theory his opponents are -- the associated press is pointing out that this is his first speech since last june. guest: the rebels are winning this conflict. the question is how long will it go on and how many syrians have to die before the assad regime toppled or some deal is reached to send him into exile. there is no deal that leaves him sharing any power. host: if he goes into exile, which country will take him? guest: russia has been his biggest backer. it comes immediately to mind as someone who would want to take someone responsible for the death of 60,000. host: during the conflict,
president biden. the magazine stands by its reporting. >>> now to syria where president assad addressed his nation in a rare speech just moments ago since the embattled president's last address in june, tens of thousands of syrians have been killed and even more have fled their homeland. more than 60,000 people have been killed across the country and the new year looks to be ushering in the same bloodshed and violence. mohammed jamjoon is watching things from beirut. if you can, break down what he had to say. >> good morning, randi. what we heard was a defiant reporting a lot of the same rhetoric that we heard from him when he's given speeches. rarely he has given them the last couple years but when he's given them or given interviews he disputed the notion that there was even a revolution going on in syria. he talked about how there was no fight in syria between the opposition and government forces, rather, it was between syria and its enemies. here's more of what he had to say specifically on that point. >> they are calling it a revolution. but it is not a revolution. revolutions need int
bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his government's fight against rebel groups while ruling out talks with the armed opposition. in his first public address in six months, al-assad called syrian rebels a tool of foreign intervention. >> we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word. we are confronting a vicious, external war. this form of war is more fragmenting and more dangerous than conventional war because it does [indiscernible] it pulls us into carrying out this plan. this war targets syria using a handful of syrians and many foreigners. it is trying to use us to tear down our trees and destroy our foundation. it is with pity this is happening with the help from some our own. >> al-assad said he is open a dialogue but only with those opposition groups tolerated by his regime. his appearance came days after the u.n. reported the death toll from nearly two years of fighting in syria has reached around 60,000. in the rebel-held town of aleppo, syria residents said his fellow citizens don't trust assad. >> any normal citizen listening to his speech heard him say that he as
.s. officials dismissing bashar al-assad's statement as meaning lease to cling to power. what did president bashar al-assad say for the first time in several weeks. >> essentially the president said the same old thing we've been hearing for a longtime. i'm going to stay in power, we are at war and it's time for syrians to fight for their country. he proposed a peace plan which everyone else laughed at because they said it involved bashar al-assad staying in power, and they say it showed that bashar al-assad had lost touch with reality. this is bashar al-assad very much in control. he has a lot of supporters there in the damascus opera house there in the capitol from which he was speaking, a lot of applause there and was speaking live on state television. his detractors will say what what they will, but many people have predicted bashar al-assad's demise over the past 18 or 20 months, they say his days are over. this is a president very much in control of his capitol and much of his country, bill. bill: does that speech change anything on ground, leland. >> reporter: not rile the violence co
. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare public speech. assad said he's standing firm against global calls for him to step down. he laid out his own plan for dealing with syria's civil war. a u.s. state department spokeswoman says assad's plan is detached from reality and assad should resign immediately. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> well, the man accused in one of the country's worst mass murders goes to court tomorrow. a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence for 25-year-old james holmes to stand trial. he faces more than 150 counts, including first-degree murder and attempted murder in the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting last july. 12 people were
of course needs to be ratified by the players. >>> turningover seas, syria's president assad gave a rare speech in the midst of a violent civil war. hi, stephanie. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jenna. al assad hasn't addressed his country since june. he is rarely seen in public. today he was greeted by a packed and boisterous at times auditorium. he blamed the crisis in syria on "terrorists," including al qaeda and those countries in the region that continue to fund them. there was little to no mention of syrians that have picked up arms against the country. he talked about a political initiative, including a new government, new constitution, and amnesty. he said that could not go forward until the foreign funding of the rebels came to an end. the european union responded very quickly to assad and said no political proposal could move forward until assad steps down. syrian president made no mention of that happening. jenna? >>> stephanie, thank you very much. >>> another major shooting to report from aurora, colorado. a standoff lasted several hours and a shoot-out ended after
for the times. >> you think he'll get the nomination? >> he was in favor of bashar al assad. >> do you think it will pass? >> he was not in favor. that's not fair to say. because he was willing to support negotiations just like stalin and mao doesn't mean he was for him. >> "vogue" magazine was for him and his wife. >> "vogue" magazine is not making foreign policy decisions in the u.s. senate. >> thank goodness. do you think he'll pass? >> i think it's premature to decide. we have to have the confirmation hearings. >> we're already finding a lot of the large right-wing pro-israel organizations, they're not going to fight that aggressively. >>> tonight, a clearer picture just how bad the flu season is turning out to be and could get much worse. if you haven't had your flu shot like i haven't, you might want to listen to this. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joins me ahead. >>> flu season is hitting early and hitting hard. government health officials say the number of people seeking treatment for flu has spiked over the month. 41 states are now reporting widespread cases. 18 kids
forward from this point? >> i'll say a few things, the speech by al-assad was indeed evidence of how delusional he is. the proposal he made was nothing more than a desperate attempt to cling to power. if would only allow the regime to killing the oppression and killing of the syrian people. the momentum in syria is with opposition forces and with the syrian people. it's clear as defections continue and we have seen a number of them, and the regime continues to lose control of territory, that assad cannot restore his control of syria. the future in syria does not and will not include bashar al-assad. he has all legitimate sei and he must step aside to end the bloodshed. the united states will continue the support for the agree knee have a action group framework endorsed by the five permanent of the u.n. security council, the arab league within and the u.n. generally assembly. we will continue our support to build international support for the framework and all parties in syria to take steps toward the implement takes to help expedite an end to the suffering of the syrian people. and b
, gave a rare public speech there. bashar al assad blamed, quote, enemies of the people for syria's problems. >> translator: this is a government who wanted to take revenge against the people, and to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god, and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> but the president of egypt says al assad is the one responsible for the bloodshed that killed a reported 60,000 syrians in the last two years here. mohamed morsi spoke yesterday with wolf blitzer. >> translator: it is not i who wants this but the syrian people who want this. this phase is the phase of the people, similar to what the egyptian people wanted, the seer syrian people want it and we support the syrian people and they are going to win and they have the will to win. >> you say the syrian people want bashar al assad to be tried for war crimes. >> translator: the syrian people drew their revolution and through the movement will, when the bloodshed stops, move to a new stage where they will have an independent parliament and the government of their choosing. an
reports the chemical weapons of the bashar al-assad regime are ready and could be launched within hours if the order is given. live details on that when we continue. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progressive's claims service. times reporting that syria's stock of chemical weapons is loaded and ready for use if president bashar al-assad gives the order to use them on his own people as that war rages. leland vittert watches it live from our middle east bureau. what is the latest now? >> reporter: though the intelligence came out a couple of weeks ago that the syrians had begun mixing the chemical weapons, that was based on satellite intelligence and signals intelligence, meaning communications intercept. that's when the u.s. went into high gear diplomatically and made it clear to the syrians and the r*ugtss that the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a r
hhe has bee taken by secret police. first, bashar al assad's first speech since june. it was a bizarre moment. they said they're the enemies of the people, the enemies of god. he was swarmed by supporters even as shelling continued during the speech. the syrian leader saying he will not step down. the u.n. said more than 60,000 syrians have been killed in the past two months. zaidoun told us time and time again when we would speak to him over this past year, he wanted the world to know what was happening inside his country. his family said in mid-december, secret police came to his home and arrested him. they believe that zaidoun and his brother are being held in a facility in damascus notorious for torture and abuse. his cousin who lives in the united states has created a facebook page to demand their release in the hopes that someone inside the syrian regime will listen. i spoke with zaidoun's cousin about the ordeal her family is going through. take a look. when was the last time you spoke to him? >> i spoke to him four days before he was detained. we always worked together. he was
is his world view. >> you think he'll get the nomination? >> he was in favor of bashar al assad. >> he was not in favor. that's not fair to say. >> because he was willing to support negotiations doesn't mean he was for him. >> "vogue" magazine was for him and his wife. >> "vogue" magazine is not making foreign policy decisions in the u.s. senate. >> thank goodness. do you think he'll pass? >> i think it's premature to decide. we have to have the confirmation hearings. >> we're already finding a lot of the large organizations, they're not going to fight that aggressively. >>> tonight, a clearer picture just how bad the flu season is turning out to be and could get much worse. if you haven't had your flu shot, you might want to listen to this. dr. sanjay gupta joins me ahead. we replaced people with a machine. what? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello? ally bank. your money needs an ally. i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always watch out for myself. with so m
over the country. >>> in syria president bashar al assad addressed the nation in a rare speech this morning. his last address was six months ago, but not much has really changed in his eyes. he, again, stood firms against calls around the world for him to step down blaming a conspiracy for his country's turmoil and incessant bloodshed. according to u.n. reports, in nearly two years of fighting, more than 60,000 syrians have been killed. >> there's some good news this morning for hockey fans. it seems that a tentative agreement has been reached that could save the season. the deal comes after an all-night negotiating session that lasted 16 hours. any new collective bargaining agreement still has to be approved by the players and owners before the puck drops again. more than 500 games have been cancelled. >>> shell oil says the drilling rig that ran aground off alaska's southern coast is ready to be towed away. the company says there's no evidence of leaking oil, and the fuel tank appear intact. the rig was being towed back to its winter home in seattle and ran into a severe stor
bashar al assad outlined new ways for the country to move forward, but he made no mention of stepping down as leader. he thanked russia and china for their support and stressed his country would do whatever it needed to defend itself against, quote, outside forces. the last time the syrian president addressed the nation was in june of 2012. this 55-minute event is courtesy of al-jazeera english. [cheers and applause] >> and this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. [inaudible] officials from the united nations said there may be as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives during the course of the 21-month conflict. [inaudible conversations] our translator's standing by to bring you -- [applause] the words of bashar bashar al assad live from the syrian capital. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: members of the government, heads and members of people's organizations, ladies and gentlemen, today i would look at your faces and the faces of people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children
will include leon panetta and tom donnellan. another story in the international press. assad is defiant, the leader of syria. he says he will stay put. another story in the news. hurricane sandy. a headline in the washington times. senator reid says -- the story is in nola.com. our question for you this morning is whether spending should be tied to a debt limit increase. should there be a refusal to increase the debt limit until spending as cut? lauren, baltimore, democrat. caller: here is my problem. if there was not spending, there would not be a debt limit. why should there be a question concerning the issue? in terms of governmental spending, i am not sure if very many are aware that government officials are making 2, 3, and four times as much as the average individual when they are using the numbers between 250,000 dollars and 400 thousand dollars. these government officials work six months out of the year. there are getting four-time -- full-time pay, which is four or five or six times more than the average individual. those are the same individuals who are caulking -- talking abo
. >>> the state department says a so-called peace plan put forward by syrian president bashar al assad is, quote, detached from reality. in his speech sunday he rejected in recall calls to step down and urged his supporters to defeat rebels who have been fighting for nearly two years to topple his regime. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is returning to her office today for the first time in a month. she was hospitalized last week for treatment of a blood clot in her head. this followed a stomach virus and concussion. >>> google chairman eric schmidt arrived in north korea today for a look at the communist country's economy and social media. the private trip has been criticized by the state department. schmidt is acom companied by bill richardson who will reportedly raise the plight of an american citizen jailed in north korea. let's lead to wall street kayla tausche is at the stock exchange. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. the first week of the new year was great for the stock markets. stocks reaching their highest point in more than five years. the market hasn't been this hi
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